Analytical Senior Research Scientist

Germantown, MD
Mar 20, 2017
Mar 21, 2017
Analyst, Research
Research, Science
Full Time
Mars Symbioscience is a technology-based health and life sciences business focused on evidence-based product development. First established in 2005, Mars Symbioscience acts as an incubator for business ideas generated throughout Mars business segments. Pioneering some of the most innovative and breakthrough fundamental scientific research, Symbioscience is developing solutions that translate science into products which have a positive impact on people, pets and the planet.JOB SUMMARYThis laboratory-based position will focus on the development, validation, and implementation of analytical activities that meet near and long term regional and global business objectives. This role includes the development and oversight of analytical methodologies used in the evaluation or characterization of raw materials, in-process materials, and finished goods, per 21 CFR 11 and 21 CFR 111 compliant systems for Dietary Supplements, and to a lesser extent, conventional foods (21 CFR 117). This role will work closely and collaborate with Quality and Safety Team to ensure compliance and proper documentation practices, and the Food Applications Team in support of testing of existing and new ingredients and products. This position will involve mentorship of junior scientific staff. Though focus will be on the support of priorities of Mars Symbioscience, this role will interface with other Mars Inc. business units, applying Mars 5 principles, and appropriate scientific standards. Postdoctoral and early career scientists are encouraged to apply. Principal AccountabilitiesResponsible for development and validation of new analytical methods, development of new analytical technology, including associated standard operating procedures, and training of staff in new methods and technologies.Capable of running an analytically-focused research project, including the development of the study design, generation of data, evaluation of data, and write- up of the results.Capable of leading method transfers to internal or external analytical partners.Support regular testing of samples, per business needs.Utilize all available techniques and analytical instrumentation for monitoring laboratory experiments and the analysis of products effectively.Liaison between functional groups, as well as segments for a wide variety ofanalytical aspects including the meaning of analytical data from various sources; the quality aspects of analytical projects and also timelines for analytical projects.Provides guidance (scientific and administrative) for junior analytical scientistsProactively and cooperatively communicates with peers, and communicates withmanagement by proactively keeping management informed of results, of obvious and subtle problems and of likely potential problems, alternatives and their consequences.Has the ability to anticipate, recognize and resolve simple and complex technical issues, which arise during methods development, evaluating alternatives and initiating corrective actions.Works independently or cooperatively as neeed to validate a wide variety of analytical test methods using a variety of validation approaches. Routinely keeps manager informed of progress and issues.Proactively solves simple and complex problems through job knowledge; use of technical resources including technical literature and experts and well formulated, logical experimentation.As needed, makes recommendations to management regarding areas for development.Follows, understands and complies with all SOP's and policies on cGMP's and safety.Maintains a clean, safe and organized lab area. Acts as role model for other members of the team.Participates in drafting new SOP's and policies.Accurately records own data and results in a timely manner and in compliance with appropriate quality standards. As needed, reviews and provides comment on data, protocols and reports in a timely manner.Write/co-author memos and scientific reports in support of Regulatory Submissions, Regulatory Field Alerts and support quality control and manufacturing documents. Key Functional Skills/KnowledgeTechnical expertise in developing and validating analytical methods, and conducting analytical testing using Mass Spectrometry, UPLC, HPLC, fluorescence and/or absorbance spectrophotometers, and other analytical instruments.Needs to have working knowledge of the regulations and guidelines for method development and validation, for example, as outlined by agencies/groups such as AOAC, FDA, ISO, etc.Maintains a strong working knowledge of analytical techniques and their application to complex analytical and food chemistry problems.Can manage multiple projects concurrently and set priorities in conjunction with senior management in a fast-changing, results-oriented R&D environment. Excellent scientific skills in experiment design, data collection, and problem solving.Is a team player, and establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other areas of the company, such as Food Applications, QC, Regulatory Affairs, Manufacturing, etc.Advanced understanding of the key scientific principles associated with the analysis of phytonutrients/botanicals is critical.Ability to present ideas effectively and communicate well with all levels of management within a team environment on a variety of programs and projects Key ExperiencesDemonstrated effective, broad technical skills, such as in: HPLC, UPLC, GCDemonstrated method development/validation, and project management experience required.Demonstrated experience in being able to work independently to get projects doneDemonstrated high level of prioritization and organization skills, with self-motivation and a strong attention to detail.Demonstrated ability to effectively work in a cooperative manner within teams.Demonstrated ability to act as a mentor.Demonstrated effective interpersonal and communication skillsDemonstrated experience in problem-solving. Desired EducationA PhD degree in Food Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, or a closely related scientific field is preferred with 3-5 years in relevant industrial, academic or post-doctoral experience;M.S. in similar field with 5- 7 years of experience will also be consideredPeople Management ResponsibilityDirect: 0Indirect: 0-6 possible, including temporary laboratory personnel or contractorsMission Critical CompetenciesBusiness AcumenProblem SolvingDealing with AmbiguityPriority SettingPeer-relationshipsAction Oriented TravelUp to 20% (domestic or international) We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request..